I'm taking a class with two of my fellow teachers and am hoping to bring great ideas back to the classroom with me in the fall. We undertook a brief walking tour of the area around the Art Institute with a focus on the history of Chicago. I find history can be so fascinating when presented in such a tangible way. Class was interesting today, but the rest of the week holds greater promise as it will be more interactive. I had lunch with my friend in the garden just adjacent to the Art Institute, which is beautiful. There was time to even ponder the pigeons. Chicago pigeons do not hold the same romantic qualities that the pigeons in San Marcos Square in Venice do. These poor pigeons here will just never feel that kind of love.
After my class, I stopped over at another of my favorite places- the Harold Washington Library, which the idea of getting a good read came to me as inspiration after reading ML's latest blog. I checked out two completely fluffy beach reads. I love libraries, searching for books by their call numbers- it's a small treasure hunt with quick rewards and interesting architectural draws. I started my book on the way home and finished it a half an hour ago- 327 pages of pure delicious fluff; the literary equivalent of cotton candy. It's a book about four strong women who form a friendship over their love of shoes. Tomorrow, after class, I will have to head back to the library to return it and check out the next one. I think there are only two in the series, which is good, because one can over-indulge in cotton candy with sickly consequences!
Tomorrow is another day, Another crack at the crossword, another ride on the El, another lunch with friends, and another trip to the library. Other than the heat; it should be another delightful day!